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Learn in a Minute with Jamie: Psychic Entropy
Psychic Entropy Disrupting Consciousness: A Sign of Conflict.  Imagine you’re are filling out the 100th TPS report of the day. Your car was making a clunking noise this morning, the cat is sick, and for some reason, you’re having trouble falling asleep at night. With each repetitive report you fill out, thoughts about your car, cat, and well-being keep pushing themselves into your awareness, Continue...

Learn in a Minute with Jamie: Learning Experience Design
Experience, designed! Is learning a by-product of experience or can it be intentionally designed? “So, what did you learn in school today?” When I was a kid, I froze every time my parents asked me this question; I was never sure how to answer it. Should I talk about specific details, or my general experience with the day’s lessons? I could’ve said that “the mitochondria Continue...

Learn in a Minute with Jamie: Bird Brain
Bird Brain How The Brain’s Hemispheres Shape the World We See I’ve been regularly consuming podcasts since 2009; NPR’s Hidden Brain is one of my current favourites. While driving into work this week, I listened to One Head, Two Brains: How The Brain’s Hemispheres Shape The World We See, an episode featuring psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist Continue...

What a wonderful can of worms to have opened!  I went looking for a few great minds who managed to juggle both arts and sciences, and I found an entire society of them.  These illustrious men and women come from all over the globe, and from throughout history.  Putting these lists together has been so Continue...

In honour of Valentine’s Day, we dedicate this post to the virtues of friendship, tolerance, and compassion, all of which are embodied by anti-bullying initiatives.   How do you approach a subject like bullying in a way that not only sparks the interest of young students, but addresses a number of different learning styles?  Songwriter Continue...

Non-Newtonian Fluid What is it about goo that is so fascinating to humans?  Moreover, when we find out we can make goo in our own kitchens, why are we so compelled to do so? Experiment:  Make a liquid turn into a solid by tapping it. Add 1/4 cup of dry cornstarch to the bowl. Add Continue...

They’re multifaceted, multi-talented, and for centuries, their ability to combine arts and sciences has captivated people’s attention.  Without further ado, we present our second set of famous STEAM thinkers (in no particular order). 1. Casanova (1725-1789) Popular with the ladies, yes, but in between affairs, he also found time to make his mark as a Continue...

Instantly Frozen Water! Experiment: Put distilled or mineral water in a new, clean, smooth sided, plastic or glass bottle.  Put the bottle in the freezer for a few hours.  Take it out very gently, and the water will appear to be un-frozen (still liquid).  Remove the cap and place a small piece of ice in Continue...

Einstein raved about the benefits (and even necessity) of bringing artistic creativity into scientific discovery.  Jung identified the “artist-scientist” as a human archetype.  Call them polymaths, call them multi-taskers, or call just call them busy-brained, but some of the greatest thinkers have felt comfortable with one foot in the arts, and the other in sciences. Continue...

Being well-informed is not the only important skill young people need to understand the world around them.  Getting the news is well and good, but with diverse and omnipresent media and communication, it can be very difficult to identify the stories and factoids that you should believe from the ones that you should not. Critical Continue...

At the beginning of each New Year, as a matter of tradition, we all take some time and reflect on what we would like to change about ourselves and our behavior in the coming 12 months.  Some people decide it is time to lose the holiday weight; others want to kick a bad habit they Continue...

  The season of giving should also be the season of learning, but why is it that children get all the cool educational toys?  Being lifelong learners ourselves, we know that there is a feast out there for the grown-up learner’s mind.  In the spirit of the holidays, we present our top 12 picks (in Continue...